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  • 2+2 Program 2+2 Program

Benefits

Network with fellow scientists

Explore postdoctoral opportunities

Gain experience in poster or oral presentation

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How it Works

Funding

Capped at $4,000 per financial year, up to 4 years of candidature, or when students submit their thesis for examination, whichever is earlier.

 

Applicable for local OR overseas conference(s).

First Year Students

You are only allowed to attend local conferences after you have nominated your supervisor. 

 

You cannot attend overseas conferences.

Conference Leave

Cannot be used to justify absence from class. You must seek permission and make all necessary arrangements with the relevant class lecturer/module coordinator if you expect to be absent from class or other duties. Failure to do may result in cancellation of your conference leave.

Interested to apply?

Apply online with your supervisor’s approval:

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The NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) has built synergistic, complementary partnerships with a select number of world-leading overseas universities and research institutes in China, the USA, the UK, Continental Europe, Japan, and Australia.​

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On NGS’s 2+2 Program, all students have the opportunity to engage in globally progressive research both within Singapore and at any of NGS’s partner institutions. 

 

The NGS co-operative research model benefits the participating institutions by facilitating existing research collaborations, and by enabling new ones that are initiated by talented students.

The NGS 2+2 Program awards no joint degrees, and actual time spent overseas is determined by what will most benefit the student’s PhD research project, not by any rigidly fixed structure. 

 

The possibility of such flexible research arrangements between labs and institutions serves maximally to benefit all participants.

On NGS’s 2+2 Program, all students have the opportunity to engage in globally progressive research both within Singapore and at any of NGS’s partner institutions.


The NGS co-operative research model benefits the participating institutions by facilitating existing research collaborations, and by enabling new ones that are initiated by talented students.

Imperial College, London

University of Cambridge

The NGS 2+2 Program awards no joint degrees, and actual time spent overseas is determined by what will most benefit the student’s PhD research project, not by any rigidly fixed structure.

 

The possibility of such flexible research arrangements between labs and institutions serves maximally to benefit all participants.

How it Works

Spend 9 months to 2 years in any reputable lab in any country.

Short-term research attachments of less than 9 months are also possible.

Requirements

Current NGS supervisor must have existing strong cross-institutional research interactions with the overseas collaborator

Overseas Collaborator must be from reputable Institutions/Universities

Get access to research facilities/expertise not available locally, or best offered in overseas collaborator's lab, so the project may be raised to a higher level.

Outstanding Student Performance

NGS Student must be highly recommended and nominated by Supervisor; and also fulfil / exceed all coursework and administrative requirements:

  • Complete at least (16)* modular credits (CAP > 3.8).
  • Fulfil at least half of the GAP (Teaching) hours [20h for Singaporeans and 156h for non-Singaporeans] before going overseas.
  • Show PQE plan if student is going before PQE

Approval from NGS Deanery

Interested to apply for the 2+2 Program?

Applications must be received at least 3 months before your departure.

 

Supervisor is to submit completed application form with supporting document to NGS. TAC endorses the project plan and need for overseas attachment.

 

Student can drop the completed form into the Drop Box outside NGS Office.

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Students will continue to receive their monthly stipend. Unless it is an approved Double PhD degree, NGS WILL NOT pay overseas University Fees.

 

However, students may qualify for some/all of the following additional financial assistance:

  • ONE round-trip (economy class) air-ticket to the designated country of attachment
  • Monthly accommodation allowance, if deemed necessary OR
  • Special Allowance (One-time allowance to help student settle into the country given at the start of the attachment)

​Student is to keep in touch with NGS Supervisor in Singapore as well as the TAC members.  Student must also complete NUS progress report as well as NGS questionnaire each semester.

Student must return back to Singapore with sufficient time for the following:

  • Complete all the coursework requirements
  • Complete all the Teaching (GAP hours) requirements
  • Complete PQE requirements (if student is overseas before taking PQE)
  • Complete thesis writing and defense requirements

NGS reserves the right to revise and amend any of the guidelines, as well as postpone the departure date or change the duration of the attachment.